Passing (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

by Nella Larsen, Thadious M. Davis | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0141180250 Global Overview for this book
Registered by allysonj of Fairfax, Virginia USA on 7/19/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by allysonj from Fairfax, Virginia USA on Thursday, July 19, 2007
From the back:
"The beautiful, elegant, and ambitious Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life. A light-skinned African American married to a white man unaware of her racial heritage, Clare has severed all ties to her past to become part of white, middle-class society. Clare's childhood friend, Irene Redfield, as light-skinned as Clare, has chosen to remain within the African-American community. Married to a successful doctor and the mother of two boys, Irene refuses to acknowledge the racism she grew up with and that continues to set limits on her family's happiness. A chance encounter forces both women to confront the lies they have told others and the secret fears they have buried within themselves."

will go out to geishabird tomorrow!

Journal Entry 2 by geishabird from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 27, 2007
Thanks very much! I read about this book several months ago and thought it sounded like a fascinating story; very glad to have the opportunity to read it.

Journal Entry 3 by geishabird from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Thursday, August 30, 2007
A compelling little book, fraught with tension and denial. Interesting to explore the concept of "passing" from the perspective of those who could, but don't, and those who do. A sad and sometimes disturbing story, overall, but an intriguing look at this particular bit of American history. Thanks for sharing it.

Journal Entry 4 by geishabird from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Saturday, September 8, 2007
Enroute to jubby, who chose it from the 1001 Books VBB at BookObsessed

Journal Entry 5 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Thank you Geishabird. Both this book and the other you sent me arrived in the post today.

Journal Entry 6 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, February 2, 2008
Now, you'll have to forgive me because I have been a little bit naughty.

I read this book, and then posted it on to Snewards (as my contribution to the '1001 books to read before you die' Virtual Book Box), but didn't actually journal it.

And of course, I've forgotten exactly what it was that I wanted to say...

My initial thoughts on this book were:
- why had I not heard about this writer or her work earlier? Nella Larsen knows a good tale and how to spin it.
- Oh, that Claire! I think we have all met a character like her in our times, and that is why this story is so poignant. Using looks, character and drive these people are able to move life itself in completely different directions from what the rest of us are able to (because we are playing by 'the rules')
- the details of 1920's Chicago and New York. I found the notes in the back of the book brief, but informative
- the idea of 'passing' itself. Although it is something that I have come across before (The human stain by Philip Roth), I'd never really thought much about it or the context

Thank you very much for sharing this book with me. I just loved it, from the beautiful cover work, down to the themes and language, and the size!

Released 14 yrs ago (1/29/2008 UTC) at Controlled Release in Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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Posted to Snewards.

Journal Entry 8 by wingshnedwardswing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, February 9, 2008
It's here! Thank you jubby!

Journal Entry 9 by wingshnedwardswing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, March 28, 2015
Gosh, I've had this book a long time! Finally read it for a local book group that I recently joined. Fascinating read, but the ending was so sudden and shocking it was almost comic.

Reserving to take to the Convention in Oxford.

Journal Entry 10 by wingshnedwardswing at Bookcrossing Convention 2015 in Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Released 6 yrs ago (4/10/2015 UTC) at Bookcrossing Convention 2015 in Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 11 by wingbloedengelwing at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Monday, April 13, 2015
This lovely book was accompanied by the strangest, funniest note ever going something like : If you can't take all the books with you , feel free to release 'm to the buffet.
No way. If someone (various people, that turned out to be ;) ) went through the effort to bring me the book, I took it home !
It did make me select from the buffet wisely for additions though :)))))

Journal Entry 12 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Saturday, August 5, 2017
This book from the 1001-list has arrived safely today, together with many travel companions :-) Thanks a whole lot, bloedengel!

This book wil travel on fairly quickly, because I have read this book already. I think I'll put it in the VBB I'll organise again for 1001-listed books late September/early October of this year.

Released 3 yrs ago (4/20/2018 UTC) at Bookcrossing Convention Bordeaux 2018 in Bordeaux, Aquitaine France

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Journal Entry 14 by wingLeishaCamdenwing at Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Tuesday, May 1, 2018
I'm trying to read all the 1001 Books so I couldn't resist when I found this at the book buffet. :-)

Journal Entry 15 by wingLeishaCamdenwing at Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Friday, November 5, 2021
This was a really fascinating read, well written and with a very intriguing story. I didn't know about it before I found it at the book buffet and I'm so glad I took it with me. It's very well worth reading. I'm impressed that it's over 90 years old, it seems quite modern to me. I really recommend it.

Released 2 mos ago (11/4/2021 UTC) at -- By post or by hand/ in person, RABCK , bookring/ray, Oslo fylke Norway

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The book went home with Travelina from our November meetup here in Oslo :-)

Journal Entry 17 by wingtravelinawing at Ullern bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Friday, November 5, 2021
Yes, it did. Thank you!

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